Education: Putting Kids on the Race to Nowhere?

 Whether you think it is sensational or right on, this movie will have educators, parents, and students talking. I've found typically the answers are somewhere in the middle where the wise minds meet, however, take a preview of the trailer for Race to Nowhere which will be screened September 30 and October 4. If you go to the website, you can request to participate in the screening or see the schools that have requested to participate. (Some are doing it as a fundraiser.)  It does make me nervous scheduling a screening without having seen it, however, they are releasing a facilitator's guide that you can review.

Hat Tip Scott McLeod and  Anne Shaw 

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Rebecca Zook September 3, 2010 - 8:05 pm

“How can they expect us to succeed if we can’t even make mistakes?”

Thanks for sharing this, Vicki — I’ll be sure to pass it along!

Lisa Mireles September 3, 2010 - 11:22 pm

You prompted me to send this to several principals on our island and it started a lovely e-mail discussion. These two other clips were recommended by colleagues today. Thanks for posting and sparking a nice discussion amongst a group that rarely communicates…

Tina Shah155 September 6, 2010 - 8:38 am

Good teachers are rare; great teachers are rarer still. A great teacher is not just a capable professional but is foremost an extraordinary human being. A good teacher can help you climb the ladder of achievement but a great teacher does more. He/She helps you in redefining your sense of self. To understand better how teachers shape young minds, do visit the blog at

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Thanks for sharing

Theteachermanual September 7, 2010 - 2:36 am

This is a true statement about much of our education system today. We are so worry about educating kids to a standard that we often forget to teach them to think for themselves. We also don’t often leave them enough time to put together all of the information being thrown at them. A change in the structure, how curriculum is presented and how standards are based needs to be reassessed on a nationwide level. We need to put the focus back on the kids, not on the numbers.

coolcatteacher September 25, 2010 - 11:49 am

Yes. It is good that we talk. Let’s see if we act.

coolcatteacher September 25, 2010 - 11:50 am

Creativity, art. These are all important things we need also!

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